Federal prosecutors conducting criminal probe of Juul

Federal prosecutors in California are reportedly conducting a criminal probe into e-cigarette maker Juul Labs. The investigation by the U.S. attorney's office of the Northern District of California is said to be in its early stages, and the focus of the probe has not been learned.

Federal prosecutors in California are reportedly conducting a criminal probe into e-cigarette maker Juul Labs. The investigation by the U.S. attorney's office of the Northern District of California is said to be in its early stages, and the focus of the probe has not been learned. Blamed for a rise in vaping among teenagers, the company has come under increasing scrutiny by state and federal officials. FDA, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and several state attorneys general are investigating its marketing practices. FDA earlier this month said Juul had not been forthcoming in producing the documents the agency had requested, noting that the company had turned over records to a congressional subcommittee that it had not provided to the agency. Separately, federal officials are conducting a criminal investigation into a rash of respiratory illnesses and deaths that have been linked to vaping. That probe, by FDA's office of criminal investigations, is focusing on the product supply chain and figuring out what is making people sick, said Mitch Zeller, the director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. Juul products have not been linked to the mysterious illness.